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William Byrd II
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Donating to the collections

general collections

Since our inception in 1831, we have been collecting books, manuscripts, maps, newspapers, photographs, and artifacts. The great majority of the contents of our collection that has been developed over the years has been received through the gifts of generous donors.

Should you have materials you think might be of interest for inclusion in the society’s holdings, please contact the appropriate staff member listed below in order to discuss a potential gift. Some gifts may qualify as tax deductible donations. Learn more about our Collections Policy.

Business Records

In operating the Reynolds Business History Center, we strive to continue the acquisition of corporate and business records from Virginia firms or entrepreneurs throughout the commonwealth’s history. Given the extensive range of types of records kept by businesses throughout Virginia, especially at different periods in its history, a set of guidelines suggesting what categories of records have traditionally held the most value from the perspectives of permanent preservation worth and potential research value seems useful. In reality, decisions about acceptance, retention, and preservation of specific record groups will proceed on a case-by-case basis. This set of guidelines, however, should serve as a convenient tool for negotiating the transfer of collections, advising donors on the selection of records for preservation, and focusing upon specific materials to be retained and processed.

Who To Contact

Books and serials
Paulette Schwarting
Director of Technical Services
phone: 804.342.9688
e-mail: paulette@VirginiaHistory.org

Manuscripts, maps, and newspapers
Eileen Parris
Sallie and William B. Thalhimer III Senior Archivist
phone: 804.342.9675
e-mail: eparris@VirginiaHistory.org

Museum artifacts and photographs
Rebecca Rose
Director of Museum Collections and Registration
phone: 804.342.9679
e-mail: rrose@VirginiaHistory.org

Learn more about our Collections Policy.

Financial Donations

As a private, non-profit organization, we rely on the generous financial support of our friends and members. Gifts to the Annual Fund support all aspects of our operations, including maintaining collections, mounting exhibits, producing society publications, educational services, training of volunteers, and staff. We also are pleased to discuss outright gifts, deferred gifts, gifts for special projects, and gifts of stock.

Annual Fund
Matt Weber
Manager of Annual Giving and Membership
phone: 804.342.9658
e-mail: mweber@VirginiaHistory.org

Financial Gifts
Catherine Boe
Manager of Advancement Initiatives
phone: 804.342.9657
e-mail: cathy@VirginiaHistory.org

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